MENHIR

Menhir

Blame my Mother, I do.  Symbols on a map denoting a Menhir, Standing Stone, Tumuli, Dolmens or indeed any Neolithic site will have me making a detour.  Often ending up wandering through dense undergrowth, muttering it must be here somewhere.  Last summer we spent a very pleasant day,  with my Mother, meandering round the byways of Northern Brittany with the sole aim of finding as many menhirs and dolmens as we could.  We found this particularly fine specimen at Saint Uzec.  It stands over six metres high and was erected sometime between 3-4,000 BC.  At some point in the seventeenth century the carvings showing the Passion of Christ and the crowning crucifix were added.

 

21 thoughts on “MENHIR

    • Cultural Wednesday May 22, 2016 / 9:42 am

      The back has deep grooves running the full length that cry out to be stroked

  1. Tim May 22, 2016 / 12:15 am

    Six metres?!? I’m always amazed at how the ancient peoples managed to move such massive stoens in the first place.

  2. Coombe Mill May 22, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Wow quite a sight especially looking straight up like that.

  3. Tara May 22, 2016 / 5:37 am

    That’s amazing. The design is so intricate. It always makes me wonder how on earth they did things like that all that time ago. #MySundayPhoto

  4. ethannevelyn.com May 22, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Very interesting history. It reminds me of King Arthur swore in the stone story. #MySundayPhoto

  5. Notmyyearoff May 22, 2016 / 10:24 am

    3,000 BC, wow!! That must have been so interesting to see!

  6. Victoria Welton May 22, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    What a beautiful carving – and a great piece of history too. It looks like it has been really well preserved.

  7. Brooke May 22, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    very interesting!

  8. plutoniumsox May 25, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Oh, that’s stunning! I’ve never seen a stone like that with the carvings on before. We’ll be travelling around that area in the future so I look forward to seeing them.
    Nat.x

  9. sherry from sherrys pickings May 28, 2016 / 11:43 am

    that is just an amazing photo. i can well understand hiking thru the bush to get to it. the sky is fabulous.

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